The Quercus genus in Australia is suited to the cooler/temperate regions, and are popular on account of their beautiful appearance and relative drought tolerance. All are deciduous, with leaves of green through spring and summer and create a striking autumn display with yellow, orange or red foliage. They flower in spring and are popular with bees that collect the pollen. The English Oak is famed for its cute nuts and beautiful timber.

How to grow quercus in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser . Remember, these are big trees, and will need adequate space.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.  Remove the tree from the container or bag (for bare rooted trees), gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch, like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage & flowers.


Growing tips

  • Can grow to up to 12-15 metres in height depending on variety so choose the planting spot with this in mind.

  • Varieties include: English, Pin, Cork, Scarlet and Rubra varieties.

  • Some oak varieties are used for truffle production.

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